Little Free Pantries could be coming to Grand Ledge

A new initiative, called Little Free Pantries, which aims to help food insecure people, will be discussed by the Grand Ledge Planning Commission Thursday, Oct. 5 . Grand Ledge resident Kimberlee Klatt said the pantries are small wooden boxes where nonperishable food is left for people to take what they need, whenever they need it. The first step in bringing Little Free Pantries to Grand Ledge is discussing possible zoning ordinance changes at the 7 p.m. meeting. “We thought this would be great,” Grand Ledge resident Kimberlee Klatt said.

Backpacks and diaper bags: affording student life and parenthood

AUDIO: Full-time student and full-time parent. Being a college student is already expensive, but imagining being a parent as well. With the rising cost of tuition averaging $12,000 a year, housing, books, along with diapers, baby formula and more, it can be financially overwhelming. For some it can seem impossible to live a balance like that. Yet there’s some that can make it work.

AUDIO: Cans and bottles for cash

Cans and bottles have become a norm to society. They are a part of our every day life. Beer can be found in either bottle or can form. Soda is found in a can as well, but can sometimes be found in a bottle also. It is now possible to find water that is served in a can too.

Money and technology: A Q&A with three experts

Ten years ago on June 29, the first ever iPhone was released. Since then, Apple has released 14 more models including the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c, the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 6S Plus, the iPhone SE, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. These numbers clearly represent Apple’s release-rate with at least one, if not two, iPhone models being released per year since its first model. Though a popular brand, iPhones are but one brand of smartphone. According to the Pew Research Center, 77 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said they had a smartphone of some kind.

AUDIO: To do it yourself, or pay others to do it for you?

Mowing and maintaining the lawn during the hot summer months has become the norm for residents in Fenton, Mich. Some residents prefer to mow the lawn on their own while others will hire a lawn care service to have their lawn done professionally. Many factors are considered when making the decision on whether or not to hire a lawn care service. Some factors include age and if you are not physically able to, simply not having enough time to do it, and the sheer possibility of not having enough knowledge to mow the lawn on your own. Whatever the case may be, it is certain that mowing your grass has to be done, but how it gets done is up to you. 





Traverse City has some special things to offer entrepreneurs

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Traverse City in northwestern Michigan is home to many entrepreneurs. The town has a supportive food scene, excellent tourism, a strong Chamber of Commerce, and many citizens with amazing stories to tell. If you walk through Downtown Traverse City, you may come across Ben Phillips, owner and founder of Ben’s Boards, a company that rents paddle boards on Grand Traverse Bay. Scroll through social media and it’s likely you’ll see Sean Murray, founder of Green Light Podcast.

3 Michigan artists speak about 3 musical cultures and genre loyalty

Music streaming services are the future and they’re redefining what people listen to, yet genre loyalty remains. In 2016, Nielsen, a company that studies consumer habits worldwide, found a 76 percent increase in on-demand audio streams. These services, like Spotify and Apple Music, have algorithms designed to help listeners instantly customize their musical preferences. And the rigid boundary lines that once delineated genres seem to be less strict – more people are listening to varied music. Broadcasting platforms like radio are also taking notice. “I’m always looking to some degree.

Names matter: Minorities unhappy with the way they are described in the media

“I think people should be more conscience and more sensitive to the fact that all people aren’t just black because they have dark skin,” said Kenny Lacy, an African-American student athlete at the University of California – Los Angeles. “ People need to learn that race is more than just colors.”  

Over the years, our perception of how we define race has been generally described by a color instead of ethnicity. Being African-American is being “black” while being Caucasian is being “white”. Racial identification is often viewed as a sensitive topic due to inappropriate or incorrect categorization of one’s ethnicity. Listen to the full interview with Lacy below:

Media portrayals of different groups also has an impact on how society views them and at times people will alert journalists of the way they prefer to be called, said Scott Pohl, a reporter and host of WKAR’s Current State.